MLB.Com released its power rankings for the first full week of baseball, and the SF Giants remain at No. 22. Before the start of the season, the Giants were positioned in the same spot, so there has been no movement despite a 6-3 start.
SF Giants: Power Rankings Show No Movement
For those who are not familiar, power rankings are meant to serve as a temperature for how a team is performing. For better or worse, it is a snapshot in time.
External evaluators do not have high expectations for San Francisco and a No. 22 placement reflects that. With that being said, they have faced off against a respectable Seattle Mariners team, a dominant San Diego Padres group, and a rough Colorado Rockies roster.
It has not been the strongest schedule thus far, but they have been involved in every game. Without a bullpen blowup on Opening Day, the Giants could even be sporting a 7-2 record at this point.
The lack of movement in the power rankings is frustrating. They have played well and are being overlooked even though they have performed better than the Kansas City Royals (No. 21) and the Oakland A’s (No. 17).
The current roster is short on star talent, so they will likely be overlooked regardless of record. Although, after nine games, San Francisco looks like a puzzle with a bunch of pieces that just fit. Does that mean they are bound for the playoffs? Not necessarily, but they are playing like a team that has the potential to remain competitive into September.
That has been the goal ever since the new front office has taken over as they continue to remake the organization. San Francisco is in a tough spot because while they have played well, they are in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 1) and the Padres (No. 2).
Catching up to either team will require a combination of otherworldly performances from key Giants players or the Dodgers and Padres performing considerably below expectations. The latter seems unlikely. Nevertheless, that is why teams play 162 games in a season.
No. 22 is not a bad starting point, but they are clear underdogs. If they continue to perform as they have through the first nine games of the season, then they should see their stock rise in short order.